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People Moves 2/19: KDAY & KPWR Los Angeles Make Lineup Changes

Meruelo Media has announced a series of talent shifts at Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY and Urban “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles. KDAY midday host Cece is moving to KPWR to join “The Cruz Show” as a co-host. She fills the slot that was held by Krystal Bee until she replaced Yesi Ortiz in middays last month. Former “Real 92.3” KRRL overnight host Bryhana takes Cece’s spot in middays at KDAY. Corey Dillon has exited nights at Entercom Country “100.3 The Bull” KILT-FM Houston. Dillon had filled the night slot at the station since the start of 2017 after previously working the same daypart at Local Media San Diego CHR “Z90” XHTZ Tijuana/San Diego. Leighton Broadcasting Country “Wild Country 99” 98.9 KZPK St. Cloud MN ...[Read More]

People Moves 2/5: Val Maki Exits Meruelo Media

Val Maki has exited her position at Market Manager for Meruelo Media Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach/KDEY Ontario and Rhythmic CHR “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles after just seven months with the company. Maki joined Meruelo in July 2017 when the sale of KPWR from Emmis closed after spending 33 years with them. Maki had served as General Manager of KPWR since 1998 and also worked for the company in Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Exiting alongside Maki is VP/Sales Janet Brainin. Brainin had been with KPWR since 2000 and previously spent 16 years at CBS Radio Los Angeles. Mereulo Media President/COO Otto Padron will directly oversee the stations for now. ‘Hot Rod’ Thompson exits afternoons at Entravision Country “101.9 The Wolf” KNTY Shingle ...[Read More]

KDAY Restores Inland Empire Simulcast

Meruelo Media has pulled the plug on Urban “Wild 93.5” KDEY Ontario CA and has restored the simulcast with Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach/Los Angeles after just seven months. The Wild format became redundant in Meruelo’s portfolio after the acquisition of “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles whose coverage overlapped with KDEY. Meruelo had run tests in 2016 to determine the amount of interference the two co-channel signals would create to one another before launching the Wild format in March. The simulcast restoration took place at 2pm today. Meruelo Media has announced that 93.5 KDAY Hip Hop Back in the Day will simulcast on 93.5 KDEY-FM in the Inland Empire effective immediately. This will extend 93.5 KDAY’s signal and coverage to the Riverside and Sa...[Read More]

Jimmy Steal Adds KDAY/KDEY Programming Duties As Meruelo Consolidates LA Leadership

As Meruelo Media combines the operations of Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach/Los Angeles and Rhythmic CHR “Wild 93.5” KDEY Ontario CA into the facilities of recently acquired “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles, the company has begun to combine the management of the three stations. KPWR VP/Programming Jimmy Steal will add day-to-day programming duties for KDAY and KDEY replacing Adiran ‘AD’ Scott, who exits the company. Steal previously served as VP/Programming for Emmis Communications prior to the sale of KPWR to Meruelo earlier this year. KPWR Vice President of Marketing Dianna Jason will also include KDAY and KDEY in her responsibilities. Meruelo Media previously announced that KPWR General Manager Val Maki would take on Market Manager duties ov...[Read More]

Meruelo Takes Over KPWR; Sets New Management

Meruelo Media has announced that it has begun operating “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles via LMA in preparation of closing of its acquisition of the station. Val Maki, General Manager of KPWR under Emmis, has joined Meruelo as Market Manager for KPWR, Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach, and Rhythmic CHR “Wild 93.5” KDEY Ontario. Maki will report to Mereulo Media President/COO Otto Madron. Additionally KDAY and KDEY will relocate into KPWR’s offices in Burbank. Meruelo Media announced today that it will begin programming and selling advertising on recently acquired station KPWR FM 105.9 Los Angeles effective as of July 1, 2017 under the terms of an LMA with the current owner, Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS). Meruelo Media’s game-changing ...[Read More]

Fresh Listen: KDAY, Power 106, Real 92.3 Los Angeles

Throughout its history on AM and FM, KDAY Los Angeles has been both venerable and vulnerable. The original 1580 KDAY may have been a key proponent of West Coast hip-hop, but it went away in 1991, thwarted by the issues of being a music station on AM, especially one sometimes more easily heard in Hawaii at night than in parts of its own market. KDAY’s departure helped propel the segue of rival KPWR (Power 106) from dance to the Hip-Hop powerhouse that it became for 25 years. 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles, the FM station that revived the calls and introduced the Classic Hip-Hop format in 2004, posted modest initial ratings and would itself drift through Rhythmic Top 40, Urban, and even Urban AC. It was headed for a sale to new owners and a format change to Spanish but that deal fell through; Meruelo...[Read More]

Looking At The KPWR Deal

Alex Meruelo saved Jeff Smulyan and Emmis Communications. Mere weeks after Smulyan had to amend Emmis Communications’ credit agreements by agreeing to sell $80 million worth of assets by January 2018, Meruelo agrees to pay nearly that exact amount for “Power 106” KPWR Los Angeles. Most of the people I’ve spoken to today figure the conversation went something like this: Meruelo: You need to cut $80 million. We’ll give you that for KPWR. Smulyan: Pay $2.75 million for filing and legal fees too. Meruelo: Done deal. By selling KPWR, Emmis doesn’t have to look at selling clusters in multiple markets where there are additional cost savings by running multiple stations and gets out from a station that has been severely challenged by the launch of iHeartMedia...[Read More]

KDEY Breaks KDAY Simulcast For Urban “Wild 93.5”

Nearly a year after we first reported on the domain registration, Meruelo Media has broken apart the simulcast of Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Rendondo Beach and 93.5 KDEY-FM Ontario CA. After a day of stunting with a loop of Guns ‘N Roses “Welcome To The Jungle”, KDEY flipped to Urban “Wild 93.5” at 9:30am. Positioned as “The IE’s #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B”, the new format goes up against iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR 99.1 KGGI. The “Wild” branding and Hip-Hop format was previously utilized in the Riverside/San Bernardino market by what its now 96.1 KRQB San Jacinto from 2004-2007. Update 3/23/2016: Meruelo has been granted an STA for 93.5 KDEY-FM Ontario that partially gives away their plans. KDEY-FM filed an STA to operate at reduced...[Read More]

KDAY Sold Again

Update 12/26: The purchase of 93.5 KDAY/93.5 KDEY-FM has hit the FCC. Meruelo Media will be paying $15 Million for the duo. That’s less than the $19.5 Million price that Phoenix Satellite Television agreed to pay earlier this year and much less than the $35 Million sale to SoCal 93.5 in 2010 that never closed. Original Report 12/11: After two failed attempts at selling Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY Redondo Beach/Los Angeles and KDEY-FM Ontario, Magic Broadcasting has found a new buyer for the stations. Los Angeles based Meruelo Media has agreed to purchase KDAY and KDEY-FM for an undisclosed price. Meruelo operates MundoFox affiliate KWHY-TV 22 in the Los Angeles market. Meruelo has indicated that it plans to keep the current Classic Hip-Hop format in place after it begins operating the ...[Read More]

KDAY Sale Terminated

Update 10/20: RBC Communications has sent a letter to the FCC notifying the commission that they have terminated their agreement to purchase KDAY and KDEY. No reasons for walking away from the acquisition were given. Original Report 10/2: LA Weekly is reporting that the proposed sale of 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles/KDEY Ontario has collapsed. The $19.5 Million sale to RBC Investments and Phoenix Satellite Television would have seen the Classic Hip Hop station shift to Chinese programming. As we reported last month, numerous petitions to deny the sale were made focusing on the connection of Phoenix Satellite Television’s connection to the Chinese government. Facing increased scrutiny RBC has supposedly backed out of the sale. KDAY GM Zeke Chiadez told LA Weekly, “We have been told by t...[Read More]

What’s Going On With The KDAY Sale?

We’ve gotten quite a few questions lately asking about the status of the sale of 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles to RBC Investments and Phoenix Satellite Television. The sale is still awaiting FCC approval after receiving a number of petitions to deny. While quite a few of the petitions will be thrown out since they are completely about the potential loss of the current Classic Hip-Hop format. The remainder of the petitions, whose points we will get to, focus on the political connections of the prospective owners to the Chinese government. The petitions center around two arguments. One, that Anthony Yuen the owner of RBC Investments who will own 80% of the station is an employee of Phoenix Satellite Television, which will own the other 20% stake which will allegedly give Phoenix defacto contro...[Read More]

KDAY Los Angeles Sold

Update 9:40pm: A few more details in regards to the KDAY sale: Part of the reason the 2010 sale to SoCal935, Inc. never closed was pending litigation between former Magic Broadcasting owner Don McCoy and creditor/current license holder Durden Enterprises after a 2009 restructuring of the ownership to extend to maturity and reduce the interest rate of Magic’s then $62.5 Million debt. Don McCoy was quoted today by LARadio.com as stating, “I don’t understand someone would buy a station with a stockholder lawsuit filed against it. It will be interesting to see what happens.” Despite what has been stated in some other reports, no change in format at the station is imminent. The sale still needs to go through the FCC approval process and have the potential legal issues th...[Read More]